Lake Havasu Regional Chili Cookoff - April 11, 2015
As you may have seen on the website, the 3rd annual Lake Havasu Chili Cookoff, in conjunction with the annual Boat Show, will be held on April 11, 2015, and will once again be sponsored by the High School Athletic Boosters Club. The venue is in the same location and we are hoping to increase the prize money even further as we continue to obtain sponsors and donations.
The RV State Park adjacent to Windsor Park now has 50 amp electrical hookups and access to potable water at individual sites. Below is a link to their website to make your reservations, and according to a reliable source, the best sites are 5,6,7,8,10 or 34,36. We strongly encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible. April is a very busy month in Havasu, especially with the Boat Show the same weekend. We have also given you a link to the local hotels for your convenience.
We hope to make it even better next year and hopefully all of the cooks, volunteers, judges and VIP’s who attended last year will return. More cookoff details will be forthcoming as they are finalized. We will have flyers in the next couple of months with additional information.
If you have any questions, please contact Dennis and Allene Macklin at Firefrog70@gmail.com,
Home phone 928-566-1336.
HOT & SPICY NIGHTS CHILI COOKOFF WEATHER REPORT - August 23, 2014
I have good news and good news, in a bad news world. Good news number one: The weather is predicted to be outstanding this weekend for the Chili Cookoff in Beatty, Nevada. For Saturday, 23 August temperature a low of 68° and a high temperature of 90° the wind 8 miles an hour from the south. There is no rain in the forecast. This is extremely great weather for the high desert. Beatty is approximately a little over 3000 foot elevation. That translates into a perfect evening for a Chili Cookoff.
Good news number two: I just got off the phone with the Stagecoach Hotel and Casino to verify the room rates they are giving to the chili cookoff participants. Hold onto your chili pot, $30 a night plus tax “WOW” that’s hard to beat! You can make a reservation by calling 775-553-2419 using the chili code: 082314 and reserve that $30 a night outstanding rate.
I am looking forward to seeing all my Chili friends this weekend and remember if we can get 20 red I will definitely be doing my happy dance!
Good luck and good chili cooking, Capt. Jim
The Big Winners from the Lake Arrowhead Chili Cookoff!
Bill Ray - 1st place Chili
Jan Brown - 1st Place Verde
Mike Ford - 1st Place Salsa
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS
On the final day of the 2014 Illinois State Fair there were huge crowds, perfect weather (by midday), running races, car races, entertainment and of course the main event the chili cookoff. This is the 9th year of the ICS sanctioned event. No one was more excited than Sue Regan who hit the daily double winning the first two contests. George Rembert local professional chef and long time chili cook won his first cookoff. Next stop for our winners is the World Championship cookoff! The winners here qualify to compete in the ICS World’s Championship Chili Cookoff this October in Las Vegas, NV. This year they are also qualified to compete in the World Food Championships in Las Vegas in November. The winners were:
3. Bobby DeClerk
2. Les Eastep
1. Sue Regan, Springfield IL
Chili Verde -
3. Scott Barrett
2. Gary Ballweg
1. Sue Regan
3. Brenda Weir
2. Aldo Klinghammer
1. George Rembert, Springfield, IL
NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE CHILI COOKOFF RESULTS
This year’s New Hampshire State cookoff was blessed with the best weather we have had there in many years. The cooKoff used to be scheduled earlier in the year, and we either sweltered in humidity, or were chilled with rain. This year, the weather was sunny, not too warm, and there was a lovely breeze blowing all day long. The cookoff was held in conjunction with Hudson’s Old Home Days, and we were sharing the day with a carnival and many craft vendors.
We have to thank Chris and the Friends of Music volunteers who made sure everything ran quite well. It was a pleasure, as always, working with them.
Our winners were:
People’s Choice: Matt McSheehy
Youth Chili: Dylan Bouffard
3rd- Matt McSheehy
2nd- Stacy Kelley
1st- Roxanne Ballachino
3rd- Roxanne Ballachino
2nd- Vicki Tankis
1st- Jerry Buma
3rd- Dave Ronge
2nd- Vicki Tankis
1st- Mike Freedman
Roxanne won Salsa by a definitive 9 point margin. There was one point between first and second, and two points separating second and third in Verde. Mike won his Red ticket to the WCCC by a resounding 10 points.
Congratulations to the winners. We will see you in October in Vegas, baby!
BEATTY DAYS CHILI COOKOFF - NOVEMBER 1, 2014
Attn: all chiliheads! It is time for me to start bugging you, after all it has been a couple of months since I last time.
The Beatty Days Regional cook off is coming up soon, it will be held on Nov. 1st this year. I know it is the week after the World’s but you can make a vacation of it and stick around for Beatty Days. This is a fun cook off where you never know what will happen, it could be anything from a Parade, (which starts off the day) and a bed race, (you haven’t lived till you have seen one of these). There is also a contest for the best dressed dog, and a chicken drop raffle, (don’t ask). Sometimes that old chicken just doesn’t want to co-operate.
RED CHILI: ENTRY FEE $35.00 + 1 GAL OF PC
1st Pl. $500.00 + Plaque
2nd Pl. $200.00 +Plaque
3rd Pl. $100.00 + Plaque
CHILI VERDE: ENTRY FEE $30.00
1st Pl. $300.00
2nd Pl. $200.00
3rd Pl. $100.00
SALSA: ENTRY FEE $10.00
PEOPLE’S CHOICE $100.00
BEST FIRST TIME COOK AWARD
BOOTH & SHOWMANSHIP AWARDS.
As usual there will be a $5.00 entry fee credit for each additional gallon of People’s Choice, with a maximum credit of $10.00 per team.
Hopefully you will be able to send your app through the ICS web site. If not please send me an email at email@example.com to let me know what you will be cooking.
The cook off chairperson has blocked 13 rooms at the Death Valley Inn, 775-553-9400. These rooms will be held until October 7th.
You can find info about other motels at www.beattynevada.org Fred and Patti have a few rooms available also.
There will be a potluck at the Happy Burro Chili and Beer, and there is a rumor that Ron Keel will be entertaining us again this year.
Norm & Bobbi Gaul
Early Entry Discount for Cooks expires on August 23, 2014
HOT & SPICY NIGHTS CHILI COOKOFF & MORE - AUGUST 23, 2014
The reason I added the word more to the title - because there is! It is an evening cookoff and it’s in the parking lot of a Hotel and Casino. So for starters we have a little adult entertainment available along with a very nice hotel that has a great swimming area available all day. This year you will be able to start setting up at 10 AM Saturday morning. So it gives you lots of time to get set up and be able to relax before the cookoff starts. You will be able to bring your vehicle to your cook site to unload and have it parked nearby. It will be relatively easy access in and out. This year we are going to have all three categories of competition, Red Chili, Green Chili and Salsa. At this time it is a district cookoff but it could very easily become a regional. If we can just get 20 red cooks I will be able to hang a sign proclaiming the winner’s name along with Hot & Spicy Nights Chili Cookoff at the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff 2014. This will give the town of Beatty, Nevada two chances at a World’s Championship. Of course, the winner of green chili and salsa will automatically go to the world. We would dearly love to add red chili to that scenario and a chance to the winner for that $25,000. The hosts of the Hot & Spicy Nights Chili Cookoff are the Stagecoach Hotel & Casino Beatty, Nevada. Their casino is not huge which makes it more comfortable and they do have live table games as well as lots of slot machines. They also have a Denny’s restaurant within the casino with good service that I found to be quite adequate. There is a full-service bar within the casino. The hotel rooms are very nicely done and comfortable and you can request a room with a refrigerator.
The Stagecoach Hotel is offering a chili cook & judge rate - you just have to give them the chili code 082314 when making reservations. You can make hotel reservations by calling: 775-553-2419. It is recommended that you call in the morning and speak with Jeanette.
VFW Post 12108 will be hosting a beer garden at the cookoff site with all proceeds going to VFW Post (in Homer’ Simpson’s voice “mmmmmm chili and beer!”). I have a special place in my heart for the VFW Post 082314 as I am a member there. A few years ago they bought an old abandoned church right on the main street and with volunteers they have converted it into a very interesting VFW Post. The building itself when they obtained it was in very serious disrepair. But with hard work and determination and of course a little money they have worked miracles with the old church. They still have more work to do to finish off their kitchen. So while you are in Beatty please visit the VFW Post and be amazed. All proceeds from the cookoff will go to VFW Post 12108 and Ladies Auxiliary and their charities. So by competing in the chili cookoff you will also be helping your veterans. Remember VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign War.
We will also have other contest including, Ms. Chili Pepper, Mr. Hot Sauce and Shoot & Holler. Our emcee for the day/evening will be none other than three-time World’s Champion Winner of Shoot & Holler, Mike Ughlee Austin. Mike has promised me that he will not be bringing his Dog and Pony Show to this event. Instead he will be signing up nonmembers to the turtle club, Are You a Turtle? Something else to do while you are in Beatty is to pay a visit to the Happy Burro Chili & Beer a quaint little saloon located on Main Street the proprietors are long-time ICS chili cooks Fred and Patty Summers. They are also stars of YouTube check out their show at YouTube “On the Trail with John and Ted”. It will give you a little insight into Beatty Nevada.
If you are planning to come and cook chili could you please let us know by contacting Co-Chairperson Crystal Taylor so we can get an accurate count, hopefully?
Chairperson Russ Osmun of the VFW
Phone 775-513-0323 e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chairperson: Crystal Taylor of the Happy Burro
Phone 775-553-9099 e-mail address:email@example.com
Chief Scorekeeper Donnie Gordon
Chief Judge Capt. Jim Maehl
Cell Phone: 702-336-1941 e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Emcee Mike Ughlee Austin Phone 1 800 dontcallme
If we get our 20 cooks and send the winner to the world I will perform my happy dance!
Good luck and good chili cooking, Capt. Jim
THE 2014 WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOKOFF IS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 24-26 AT THE MGM RESORTS FESTIVAL VILLAGE (LOCATED ACROSS FROM THE LUXOR ON THE LAS VEGAS STRIP) IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PBR FAN ZONE. THE FOLLOWING LINK LISTS THE HOTELS LOCATED CLOSEST TO THE MGM RESORTS FESTIVAL VILLAGE.
Southwest Regional and New Mexico State Chili Cookoffs
New Mexico had two premier chili cookoffs that were once again held at the Route 66 Casino Hotel, outside of Albuquerque, August 9th and August 10th. Saturday the 9th was the Southwest Regional and Sunday the 10th was the New Mexico State. The weather was perfect both days for cooking and the rain held out until after the cookoff on Sunday. The set up, perfectly done by the casino, was like a mini World’s Championship, complete with separate cooks tents, 2 tables and 2 chairs each. A large wash and waste station was also available, really close to the cooking tents for the cooks to use. Every cook was impressed with the set up.
Cooks came from 10 states (AZ, CA, CO, IL, NM, NV, OH, OK, TX, WI), and we had several World’s Champions that competed with us this year, including Mike and Bonnie Ford from La Mirada, California, Tom Hoover from Columbus, Ohio, and Al Henry from Lakewood, Co. Mike Goodman and Jill Goldberg drove all the way in from Madison, Wisconsin. This late in the season, we were fortunate to have enough cooks on Saturday and Sunday to have 2 tables in Red Chili each day. Thank you to all the cooks that showed up and competed for spots at the World’s Championships, the weekend of October 24-26, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The huge Classic Car and Hot Rod Show, with over 300 cars, (the largest car show in the Southwest) was next to the chili cookoff and it was very impressive. There were many beautiful cars!!
With no entry fees, the cooks supplied lots of People’s Choice chili (tasting kits were sold for $5.00 each), to donate more than $2,300 towards the Laguna Acoma High School in Casa Blanca, NM, for their football uniforms and equipment. Way to go!!
I gave out lots of Sunsweet prunes to all the cooks, and lots to the public. The chocolate covered prune samples were being requested by everyone, and it was hard to keep them from melting, since it was pretty hot out there both days. The prune “bites” and prune “Ones” were being eaten by cooks and public alike. Hundreds of my World’s Championship Red recipes were given out. People couldn’t believe the “secret ingredient” in the current World’s Champion’s chili recipe.
The Route 66 Casino gave every cook a very large and beautiful southwestern ceramic Chip and Dip platter, and a $10 off voucher towards the casino’s buffet. The Casino’s ”special gifts” were very much appreciated by all of the cooks.
I know I say this every year, but special thank you’s go out to Skip Sayre, the Cookoff Chairman, along with his fantastic crew of organizers (Steven Concho, Emma Mansfield, Helmut Perzi, and Carol Fabionski), who handled and took care of every minute detail for us running the cookoffs successfully. They are the best!! The casino crew also recruits great judges every year from the Food and Beverage Department. Also, great kudos and thank you’s go out to our great scorekeeping and wrangling team, who kept the back end of the cookoff running so smoothly. They were - my wife, Kathy Plager - Chief Scorekeeper, Lynn Kost Virant, Joe Galli, Ryan Tehar and Chief Wrangler and all around go to guy, Greg Virant. Bonnie Ford helped scorekeep on Sunday. (Pete and Nicole Caimi were very much missed this year.) You guys are a great team to work with!!
Now, on to the winners:
Southwest Regional - Saturday, Aug, 9th
Tina Crutchfield - AZ
Salsa - 10 Entries
3rd Place - Mike Fenley - AZ
2nd Place - Paul Whitney - AZ
1st Place - Karen Cullum - TX
Chili Verde - 17 Entries
HM - Tie not broken for 5th Place - Cheryl Archuleta - NM
HM - Tie not broken for 5th Place - Al Henry - CO
HM - 4th Place - Barbara Herrin - TX
3rd Place - Mike Rook - CO
2nd Place - Jill Goldberg - WI
1st Place - Bonnie Ford - CA (A runaway)
Red Chili - 21 Entries
HM - 5th Place - Dick Swenberger - AZ
HM - 4th Place - Dave Wright - AZ
3rd Place - Tom Hoover - OH
2nd Place - Skip Cooley - NV (Yes Skip, Don’s going)
1st Place - Don Cullum - TX (Smiling ear to ear)
New Mexico State - Sunday, Aug. 10
Marcella Archuleta - NM
Salsa - 10 Entries
3rd Place - George Lott - CO
2nd Place - Barbara Herrin - TX
1st Place - Susan Hyden - AZ (Very excited)
Chili Verde - 16 Entries
HM - 5th Place - Louis Gonzales - TX
HM - 4th Place - Gloria Stevens - IL
3rd Place - Mike Stevens - IL
2nd Place - Susan Hyden - AZ
1st Place - Mike Rook - CO
Red Chili - 21 Entries
HM - Tie not broken for 5th Place - Morris Moss - TX
HM - Tie not broken for 5th Place - Donna Foley - TX
HM - 4th Place - Mick Joplin - TX
3rd Place - Jill Goldberg - WI
2nd Place - Skip Cooley - NV (Yes Skip, Mike is going)
1st Place - Mike Stevens - IL (Repeat Winner)
Bob Plager - Chief Judge
2012 & 2013 ICS World’s Red Champion
We are gearing up for Season 6 of MasterChef and would love the Chili competitors to know about our upcoming open casting calls that will be taking place all across the country! We are looking for the best home cooks out there.
The flier lists all of our open call locations and dates, which kicks off in September. If anyone is interested, please apply and find all of the open call information at www.masterchefcasting.com.
CONNECTICUT COOKOFFS IN SEPTEMBER
September 20 & 21 CT presents to you a back to back ICS chili cook off weekend!
9-20 is the CT State in New Haven. Sharon Willard always puts on an outstanding event for the cooks! Proceeds benefit the Community Action Agency of New Haven.
9-21 is the first annual Zombie/Biker Chili Cook Off in Middletown, CT (30 minutes from New Haven).
The Zombie/Biker Chili Cook Off is a one of a kind ICS event. There will be a pig roast for cooks, a world recognized bike builder will be the MC, a bike ride ending at the CCO, a bar, Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood and….ZOMBIES! Proceeds benefit The George Ryan Scholarship.
If you haven’t qualified, here’s 6 chances for you to do so. Hotel info coming soon and if you need anything to compete 9-20&9-21, please let me know. (email@example.com)
Lastly,we’re working feverishly to bring an ICS Cook Off to CT on 10-4-14. It will be the first CCO of the new year in the East. Come and qualify EARLY!
Hope to see you in September and October in CT.
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR CHILI COOKOFF - AUGUST 17, 2014
The Illinois State Fair chili cookoff is only 5 days away and there are plenty of openings in all categories. Tables and chairs are provided, you cook under a tent and the crowds are fantastic. There is entertainment all day as well as grandstand shows at night for those who stay. in order to get in the fairgrounds and park for free I’ll need your name to put on a pass list. If you need additional incentive, this ISC regional is also a World Food Championship qualifying event for the chili category. Last year three of the top ten WFC cooks were participants in this cookoff.
Call or email if you are interested.
Larry Eastep - firstname.lastname@example.org